While the COVID-19 outbreak continues, all 41 of Colorado’s state parks remain open for outdoor recreation.

While popular outdoor recreation areas across the state, including Rocky Mountain National Park and the Manitou Incline, have been closed to reduce the spread of the virus, Colorado state parks have remained open for those looking to hit the trail and de-stress in nature.

In response to the pandemic, visitor centers, service centers, and offices will restrict access to the public until further notice. Park staff will be available to answer questions from visitors via phone or email.

It’s also important to note that fees for changing and/or canceling camping reservations will be waived by the state parks until further notice. Restrooms and public areas will continue to be cleaned and maintained for visitors.

As of Sunday, there are 591 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado, including 58 hospitalizations. Six deaths have occurred. Forcing closures around the state, restaurants, bars, fitness centers, hair salons and spas, schools, and all non-essential businesses have temporarily closed. Businesses statewide have also been ordered to cut their on-site workforce in half.

While some outdoor recreation areas remain open, it’s important for everyone to exercise caution and practice social distancing to avoid further spread of COVID-19. Here are a few extra tips for exploring the great outdoors amid the public health crisis.

Editor’s note: Outdoor recreation areas currently accessible at state parks are subject to change pending instruction from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or local public health departments. Check the latest updates, restrictions, and closures with Colorado Parks Wildlife, prior to visiting. 

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